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FAQs for Forum Grants

1. How do I apply for a Forum Grant?

See the Forum Grant Applications page.

2. How does the Arts & Humanities Forum define the humanities?

The Humanities Forum uses the definition of the humanities from the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act (1965): “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

3. Can faculty in disciplines other than the arts and humanities apply for Forum Grants?  

Yes. Faculty from disciplines other than those traditionally understood as arts and humanities fields are encouraged to apply if the project is arts- and/or humanities-related. The proposal should correspond with the annual Forum theme and clearly identify the scholarship in the arts/humanities that the project engages.

4. What is the range of items that can be included in the budget for a Humanities Forum Grant application?

See the budget description on the Forum Grant Applications page.

5. What is the review process for Humanities Forum Grants?

The Faculty Advisory Committee to the Arts & Humanities Forum will select the recipients of the annual Forum Grants. The Arts & Humanities Forum Faculty Director chairs the committee and is ex-officio in the selection process for the Forum Grants. Faculty members who are appointed to serve on this committee are not eligible to apply for Forum Grants during their term of service. A list of the Faculty Advisory Committee members representing a wide range of disciplines and expertise can be found here.

The Faculty Advisory Committee looks for applicants and projects that will benefit from and contribute to the Arts & Humanities Forum’s annual theme and overall mission, the interdisciplinary nature of the group of Forum Fellows, and their impact on the public programming of the Forum. It seeks to achieve variety and balance in the disciplines and colleges represented by the Forum Fellows. Unfunded proposals may receive feedback from the Humanities Forum Faculty Director about the selection committee's commentaries.

6. When will I be notified about funding decisions?

See the Forum Grant Applications page that provides an estimated timeframe for funding decisions (usually four weeks after the application deadline).

7. Whom should I contact with questions about the Forum Grants?

Please contact Janet Ward, Brammer Presidential Professor of History and Faculty Director of the OU Arts & Humanities Forum.